What Your Pharmacist Can Do Other Than Fill Prescriptions

If you think pharmacists simply stand behind a counter filling pill bottles all day, think again: your pharmacist is as vital a member of your healthcare team as your doctor.

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Pharmacists do more than fill prescriptions.

Here’s a look at the essential role pharmacists play in our health and the additional services you may not even know they offer.

Pharmacists are responsible for:

  • advising physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications
  • monitoring the health and progress of patients in response to drug therapy
  • advising patients and answering questions about prescription drugs, including questions about possible side effects and interactions among different drugs
  • providing information and making recommendations about over-the-counter drugs

Additionally, pharmacists are trained to:

  • give advice about diet, exercise, or stress management
  • help patients manage conditions such as diabetes, asthma, smoking cessation, or high blood pressure
  • advise patients about durable medical equipment and home healthcare supplies
  • complete third-party insurance forms and other paperwork

Pharmacists are also commonly being trained to administer vaccines like the flu shot as a convenience for drugstore customers.

Have you ever consulted a pharmacist about a health issue? Tell us about it in our comments section below!

Source: http://careerplanning.about.com/od/occupations/p/pharmacist.htm